Cookie and similar technologies policy
All of our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree to allow cookies to be set. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and enables us to improve our website. The site also uses both 1st-party and 3rd-party cookies; third-party cookies may be used exclusively to anonymously relate advertising interactions across the web with activity on the website. We do not knowingly associate targeting or analytics cookies with personal information.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please visit allaboutcookies.org.
Types of cookies we use
We use the following types of cookies:
- strictly necessary cookies - these are essential in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as registering for an account, cannot be provided.
- analytics cookies - these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our websites, to help understand the impact of advertising on website usage and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.
- functionality cookies - these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. For instance, a functional cookie can be used to remember the volume level you prefer to use when watching videos on our websites. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- targeting cookies - these cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They collect information about your browsing habits but do not collect or use information that identifies a visitor. Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as 'like' and 'share' buttons and advertisements. We use targeting cookies to send third parties information on your visit so that they can make their advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites. To opt out of targeting visit youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices
Specific cookies we use
Cookies may be set either by the www.sheffield.ac.uk ("first party cookies"), or by a third party website ("third party cookies"). The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.
However, we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the tables below are based on the work completed to date. Accordingly, we may update the information contained in this section from time to time. Additionally, some cookies may be set from time to time by feeds from third party websites that we make available on our sites.
First party cookies
|Cookie name||Expiration time||Description|
|_ga_xxx||2 years||Used to distinguish users|
|_gat||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate|
|_ _utma||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate|
|_ _utmc||End of browser session||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit|
|_ _utmy||2 years from set/update||Used to store visitor level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to google analytics.|
|Google Analytics||This collects information about how visitors use the website, to be able to compile reports and make improvements to better meet our users' needs. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.|
Third party cookies and related technologies
|Doubleclick (Google company)||
DoubleClick allows the advertising network to identify users across multiple sessions purely for advertising purposes.
This technology may be used to target ads based on user behaviour, report on advertising campaign performance, and to control how often certain ads are seen by users.
This information is used to identify the interests of users who share Post links and users who click on these links in order to deliver targeted advertising.
We embed some videos on our site from our official YouTube channel; when we do this, we aim to use the privacy-enhanced mode which means YouTube will not set a cookie unless a user clicks to play the video. YouTube cookies contain the count of views of embedded videos.
|YouTube privacy enhanced mode information|
We use Twitter to display relevant feeds on our site to enhance our content. Twitter widget data such as page visit and browser information is held within the cookie.
Twitter also uses logged in status information and may tailor content to improve your experience. This may include targeted advertising via cookies and information to help track conversion activity.
Hotjar is an analysis and feedback tool that reveals the online behaviour and feedback of website visitors.
To opt out disable cookies from within your browser and remove them from your storage media
|Facebook and Facebook pixel||
We use Facebook to display relevant feeds on our site to enhance our content. Facebook cookies indicate logged in status information to show relevant and social information for the social plugins and services.
You can control whether you see online interest-based ads from Facebook in your settings
Changes to our cookie statement
Any changes we may make to our cookie statement in the future will be posted on this page.
University Data Protection Officer
The University Secretary's Office
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Road